America has gun fever, and most people know it. However, many who aren’t indoctrinated into gun culture may be surprised to find out just where many of those firearms are manufactured, and just how big the arms companies actually are – the top defence contractors in the world are located on the Northeast Seaboard of the United States. The U.S. loves its guns, and loves producing them. Billions and billions of dollars are spent by the military and private gun enthusiasts every year, purchased for a target practice, home defense, hunting or even just for show.
Defense contractors are the companies that supply firearms and other weapons to the government. From fighter jets to handguns, these corporations fuel the world’s desire for destruction. In the last fiscal year, the United States government spent over $300 billion on defense contracts. This makes for an extremely profitable business model for weapons manufacturers, though many around the world are dismayed by the enormous amount of money the U.S. spends on death and destruction.
Not only do these companies supply the physical weapons that soldiers use in combat, they also can offer logistics management, private security forces, intelligence operations, and even ships and airplanes. In fact, since the beginning of the war in the Middle East, private security forces are almost at a 1-1 ratio with government military forces. This causes many to question the ethics of governments employing these mercenaries, due to the fact that these corporations have histories of killing civilians and going overboard in detaining enemy combatants. Many around the world do not approve of governments hiring militias to do their dirty work, but it is something that people will probably just have to get accustomed to. There’s too much money to be made in war. Here are the world’s top- ten defense contractors, sorted by total yearly sales.
United Technologies Corporation – $11.64 Billion
With total arms sales of $11.64 billion in 2011, the tenth- largest defense contractor in the world is United Technologies Corporation. Located in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, the company is best known for producing the Blackhawk Helicopter, which is instrumental in military operations around the world. Founded in 1975, it has produced a vast range of products for private and government contracts. In 2012, the company was found to be selling military technology to the Chinese, violating an embargo imposed by the U.S. government. The company was fined $75 million for their indiscretion.
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